Pilgrimage to Santiago

A deeply moving experience that is caught so beautifully on this issue

Record and Artist Details

Composer or Director: Anonymous, Guillaume Dufay, Tomás Luis de Victoria, Jacobus Clemens Non Papa, Jean Mouton, Cristóbal de Morales, Giovanni Palestrina, Orlande de Lassus

Genre:

Vocal

Label: Soli Deo Gloria

Media Format: CD or Download

Mastering:

Stereo
DDD

Catalogue Number: SDG701

Tracks:

Composition Artist Credit
Codex Calixtinus (Jacobus) Monteverdi Choir
Anonymous Composer
John Eliot Gardiner
Rite majorem Jacobum canamus/Arcibus summis miseri Monteverdi Choir
John Eliot Gardiner
Guillaume Dufay Composer
Vadam, et circumibo civitatem John Eliot Gardiner
Tomás Luis de Victoria Composer
Monteverdi Choir
Codex Calixtinus (Jacobus) Monteverdi Choir
Anonymous Composer
John Eliot Gardiner
O Maria, vernans rosa Monteverdi Choir
Jacobus Clemens Non Papa Composer
John Eliot Gardiner
O virgo splendens John Eliot Gardiner
Monteverdi Choir
Anonymous Composer
O quam gloriosum John Eliot Gardiner
Tomás Luis de Victoria Composer
Monteverdi Choir
Sanctus John Eliot Gardiner
Anonymous Composer
Monteverdi Choir
Codex Calixtinus (Jacobus) Anonymous Composer
Monteverdi Choir
John Eliot Gardiner
Nesciens mater virgo virum Jean Mouton Composer
Monteverdi Choir
John Eliot Gardiner
Parce mihi domine Cristóbal de Morales Composer
Monteverdi Choir
John Eliot Gardiner
Missa O quam gloriosum Tomás Luis de Victoria Composer
John Eliot Gardiner
Monteverdi Choir
Codex Calixtinus (Jacobus) John Eliot Gardiner
Monteverdi Choir
Anonymous Composer
Jesu, rex admirabilis John Eliot Gardiner
Monteverdi Choir
Giovanni Palestrina Composer
Codex Calixtinus (Jacobus) Anonymous Composer
Monteverdi Choir
John Eliot Gardiner
Codex Calixtinus (Jacobus) Monteverdi Choir
John Eliot Gardiner
Anonymous Composer
Justorum animae Monteverdi Choir
John Eliot Gardiner
Orlande de Lassus Composer
The ever-enterprising Monteverdi Choir under John Eliot Gardiner undertook a marvellous project, brought to fruition in 2004. They made the pilgrimage to Santiago in northern Spain, giving highly successful concerts on the way. This recording, made on their return to England, allows listeners to enjoy to the full the fruits of their labours: the sharing of the whole experience and the music they were able to explore so deeply together during the pilgrimage had provided them with a unique opportunity to produce a result of inestimable value. I am not exaggerating – to my mind this is a CD of the highest quality. Much of the content, for example the opening Dum pater familias and the sublimely sung contrafactum Alma perpetui, comes from the Codex Calixtinus, and the delightful O virgo splendens comes from the Libre Vermell de Montserrat. To these sources they added works by Victoria, Morales and other composers from the 15th and 16th centuries having some connection with Spain – old printed part-books unexpectedly turning up in Spanish churches, for example.

The singing is exceptionally beautiful, with admirable choices of tempo, and especially the frequent use of a well sustained slow tactus and a judicious variety of dynamics. The choir’s flexibility in the hands of their conductor is exemplary. To give a single typical example, take O Maria, vernans rosa by Clemens Non Papa. It is superbly sustained, a performance of intense and mature contemplation, with carefully balanced dynamics, strength and vigour. Highly recommended.

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